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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 19, 2009 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Top 10 Half-Steps

This song always gets to me. It somehow seems to fit every situation I'm in, and when the words don't, the always-unique mood and riffs of each performance do.

Unfortunately, it always seemed to me that this song died with Keith. I would like to believe otherwise, though, so please prove me wrong. I also have never heard a pre-73 version that really showed a lot of emotion, but again I'd love to hear about one.


Anyway let's have at 'em. In time order only:

1973-11-11 Haven't listened to this in a while, but it's a classic show, and I have it marked down as good.
1973-12-02 I don't yet have the appropriate Dick's Pick, but the AUD of this has got a really joyful sound and it segues perfectly into Playin'.
1974-07-31 A hard-rocking performance, full of energy and bounce. This is my personal favorite.
1976-09-25 A lilting and waltzy version. Jerry opens up a big bag of sweet riffs towards the end. Heavy on Keith.
1977-05-25 Classic 77. It's just uncriticizeable.
1978-04-08 A more bitter, out-pouring emotion, in the style of 1978.
1978-12-12 A super-charged, full-throttle performance. Keith bangs away on the chords, Jerry wails on the high notes. Segues flawlessly into a Franklin's with a similar feel.
1978-12-19 I have only been able to find the second half of it, but it's very pretty along with the rest of that show.

I guess eight is all I got. I have listened to a bunch more Half-Steps, but none of them get played as often as these.
Let me know your favorites.

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Poster: wineland Date: Jan 19, 2009 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

Wow, I was just going to post here about the Binghamton, NY show. Actually, I started to post earlier this morning and got wrapped up in work. Through the day I listened to this version of Miss 1/2-Step several times. There may be a better rendition, but this one does it for me. A show opener that is strong is always t!ts up in my book. Garcia seems to feel it in the jam, ala killer Sugaree openers. Late '77 showed a new face for songs like Eyes of the World (Colgate), but this one they kept in the same vein and flat out nailed. I humbly present the Broome County Arena 1/2 Step. Enjoy!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-11-06.mtx.seamons.92273.sbeok.flac16

PS... This show has a killer fist set and rocks from the St. Stephen until the end.

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Jan 19, 2009 6:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

5/25/77 was my favorite until I heard 5/7/77; the Half Step-> Big River is sure to take your breath away.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-07.sbd.miller.88525.flac16

This post was modified by Rings&Bells on 2009-01-20 02:57:16

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 19, 2009 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

5-7-77 (Boston Garden) is a great version. However, and I think this is just me, I always feel the need to look beyond the popular stuff for the best ones...;)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 19, 2009 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

is 5/7 Boston garden. I heard a Garden version I think for 77 that ripped my head off.

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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Jan 19, 2009 7:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

It sure is

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jan 19, 2009 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

then I agree completely. Someone on this site turned me onto that version and I was not disappointed.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Jan 20, 2009 2:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

ur 8 + http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-10-30.sbd.powell.16818.sbeok.shnf + http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-06-09.28614.sbeok.flac16 = my top 10

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jan 19, 2009 10:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

My personal Favorite is the one from Cape Cod, '79 part of a 32 minute opening Half Step> Franklin's Jam that is just phenomenal!! Phil just totally drives this version and it just keeps on going.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-10-28.sbd-aud.braverman.7602.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 19, 2009 7:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

That song is special to me too, it's the origin of my Screen Name here. :) I don't have any good post-Godcheaux recommendations, but here's my favorite:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-07-18.sbd.ferguson.244.sbeok.shnf

Since it's the show opener, the mix is a little shaky, as is the band, but the groove is perfect.

I like the version from "Steal Your Face" as well...what show was that from?

http://th47.photobucket.com/albums/f199/Juice2cal/th_dead.gif


This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2009-01-20 03:18:59

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Poster: toddatkinson Date: Jan 19, 2009 7:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps - post-Keith shows

There's a gin-mill feeling to Hornsby's piano at the beginning of Half-Step opening the 1991-06-07 Deer Creek show. Jerry rocks on the ending solo, trading fours with Bruce playing a more, well, Bruce-like piano at the end.

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Poster: Speaking in Swords Date: Jan 19, 2009 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

I'd be interested in hearing more from the 80s and 90s if anyone has any recommendations. I know there has to be at least one good version from that era.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 19, 2009 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

my top two favs were mentioned above - 5-25-77 and 12-2-73 but this might be one of the best I saw, it's from the years you mentioned

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-12-04.sbd.ladner.9365.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: barongsong Date: Jan 22, 2009 2:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

Sorry missed this post last week and while I agree that 70's Halfsteps are tops especially around 77 there are indeed some nice ones in the later era. Anyway here are a few good shows to start from.
90-2-27
90-4-2
89-3-27
89-10-16
88-4-1
By no means a comprehensive list but just some good shows to look at.

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Poster: ganges Date: Jan 19, 2009 10:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

A friend gave me DPs 15 some years ago, 9-3-77, and said "here's the best Half Step ever"! I don't know, but I like it a lot.

Also here are some suggestions:
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=183936

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 19, 2009 8:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top 10 Half-Steps

you pretty much nailed my two favorites - 5-25-77 and 12-2-73

10-19-74 deserves some respect I think. They even opened with it

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